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'Sisters with Transistors' is a new film about women synth pioneers

It had an official release this Friday April 23

  • Words: Jemima Skala | Photo: of Maryanne Amacher courtesy of Peggy Weil
  • 24 April 2021
'Sisters with Transistors' is a new film about women synth pioneers

‘Sisters with Transistors’ is a new documentary film about the iconic women synth pioneers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Narrated by Laurie Anderson, the film had an official release on Friday April 23 via streaming platform Metrograph. This will be followed by a national virtual cinema rollout in the US and UK.

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‘Sisters with Transistors’ debuted at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and has since screened at Sheffield Doc Fest, AFI Fest, and won the Next Wave Award at CPH:DOX.

The film showcases the impact and work of pioneers like theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore, BBC Radiophonic Workshop acolytes Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram, five-time Grammy award-nominated composer Sizanne Ciani, Laurie Spiegel, Pauline Oliveros, Bebe Barron, Éliane Radigue and Maryanne Amacher.

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Though much work has been done over the past decade or so to recognise and celebrate the work of these women, ‘Sisters with Transistors’ highlights the extent to which their important work has been erased throughout music history.

For more information, visit the ‘Sisters with Transistors’ website and watch a trailer below.


Jemima Skala is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor. Follow her on Twitter

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